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daughter of Nathan and Elizabeth (Smith) Carr
of Deering, New Hampshire. She was born in the
town of Windham, New Hampshire, February 9,
1793, and died in Hillsborough, January, 1867. Eben-
ezer and Mary Turner Jones had nine children :
Charlotte, born January 6, 1818; married Alonzo
Tuttle of Hillsborough; died August 31, 1S61. Na-
than P., in Unity June 3, 1820; died August 4, 1820;
Parker, in Unity July 31, 1821 ; married, July 14,
1859, Julia C. Andrews of Pawlet, Vermont; died
at the Astor House, New York City, November 12,
1868. James, born in Unity November 17, 1823;
died January 23, 1898. George, born m Unity Feb-
ruary 16, 1826; married Mrs. Mary (Goodale) Smith
of Hillsborough. Mary Elizabeth, born May 22,
1828; married David W. Grimes of Hillsborough.
Harvey, born July 6, 1830; died July i, 1900. Eben-
ezer, born October 24, 1832; married Malvina Shedd
of Hillsborough. Sarah A., born March 29, 1836;
married Colonel James F. Grimes of Hillsborough.

(VII) Ebenezer (2), ninth child and youngest
son of Ebenezer (i) and Mary Turner (Carr)
Jones, was born in the town of Hillsborough, New
Hampshire, October 24, 1832, and died in that town
September 12, 1891. He was a farmer by occupation
and lived many years on the old home farm. He
married, December 11, 1856, Malvina Shedd, who
was born January 27, 1834, daughter of Levi and
Jane (Hosley) Shedd. Mr. and Mrs. Jones had
two children : James Harvey Jones, born November
25, i860, and Parker Jones, born October 22, 1864.
Parker Jones married Jennie Green of Lowell,
Massachusetts, and is a farmer of Hillsborough.

(VIII) James Harvey, elder son and child of
Ebenezer (2) and Malvina (Shedd) Jones, was
born in the town of Hillsborough, November 25,
i860. As a boy he was given a good education in
the public schools of the town, and at home was
brought up to work on the farm. After marriage
he started out for himself, and soon came to be
recognized as one of the best farmers in the town;
and Hillsborough for many j-ears has been noted
for the substantial character of its farming popula-
tion. His lands are extensive, thoroughly cultivated
and hence productive, well stocked, and provided



with buildings which are an ornament to the county.
His cattle at times' as many as a hundred head, are
sleek and show good keeping; and in addition to
his general farming and dairying ilaterests JMr.
Jones deals considerably in live stock. Mr. Jones is
counted among the most substantial farmers of Hills-
borough, and while he takes a deep interest in the
welfare of the town as a citizen and large taxpayer,
he has no inclination for political office. He is a
thoroughly reliable Republican, and a member of
Valley Grange, Patrons of Husbandry, of Hills-
borough. He married, December 14, 1887, Edith
Luella Steele of Stoneham, iNIassachusetts. She
was born April 20, 1864, daughter of John and jNIary
Ann (Wiley) Steele, both of Stoneham. Mr. Steele
was born September 29, 1818, and his wife was born
January 26, 1823. James Harvey and Edith Luella
(Steele) Jones have five children : Clara L., born No-
vember 23, 1888; Jeanette E., born March 23, 1890;
Edna S., born July i, 1892 ; Eben P., born March 18,
189s; Arthur J., born September i, 1901.

(IV) Josiah, fifth son and eighth child of Jona-
than and Elizabeth (Russell) Jones, twin brother
of Joshua, was born March 23, 1731, in Wilmington,
IMassachusetts, and died August 16, 1796, in London-
derry, New Hampshire. Records preserved by his
descendants show that his wife was Rebecca Jenkins.

(V) Jonathan (2), son of Josiah and Rebecca
(Jenkins) Jones, was born April 15, 1766, and died
1834. He was married, November 22, 1794, to Me-
hitable Goodwin, who was born November 22, 1772,
in Londonderry, and died February 9, 1863, in
Weare, New Hampshire. She was a daughter of
David and Mehitable (Jackson) Goodwin, born
respectively in 1744 and 1741, both dying in 1822.
David Goodwin was a son of David Goodwin. Me-
hitable Jackson was born in Rowley, Massachusetts.

(VI) David, son of Jonathan (2) and Mehitable
(Goodwin) Jones, was born October 9, 1804, in
Weare, where he grew up, receiving a common school
education. Ke became a farmer and lumber dealer,
and was among the most active citizens of the town
of Merrimack in his day. In 1839 he kept a hotel
at iMerrimack, and in 1845 and 1846 cleared by con-
tract a large tract of land near Reed's Ferry, known
as the Parker Lot. He also maintained lumber yards
at Thornton Ferry, and was a very influential citi-
zen of the town. He was a member of the Con-
gregational Church at Merrimack, and served as
selectman and representative of the town in the state
legislature. He was married, March 11, 1830, to
Dorothy Tewksbury, who was born January 28,
1808, in New Boston, and died July 24, 1836 in Merri-
mack. He was married (second), March 2, 1837,
to Rosannah, sister of his first wife, who was born
August 10, 1816. (See Tewksbury). His chil-
dren are accounted for as follows : David Tewks-
bury was a resident of the town of Merrimack,
where he died in 1893. Ames, the second, died in
infancy. James Thornton is the subject of the suc-
ceeding paragraph. These are the children of the
first wife. Daniel, the first child of Rosanna (Tewks-
bury) Jones, resides in .Merrimack. Sarah Eliza-
beth is the widow of Henry W. McQuesten, resid-
ing in Merrimack. (See McQuesten). George
Henry, died May 6, 1905. Rosannah is the wife of
George W. Dow of Port Jervis, New York. Louise
M., is the wife of Frank P. Jones of Merrimack, q. v.

(VII) David Tewksbury, eldest son of David
and Dorothy (Tewksbury) Jones, was born Marcli
20, 1831, in Merrimack, and died there October 16,
1893. His schooling began in the district school of
the town, and ended at the age of nineteen years
in Crosby's private school of Nashua. He was early

accustomed to aid his father in his agricultural and
lumbering operations, and continued with him and
carried on the same line of business as his successor,,
being a large land holder. He was active in pro-
moting the general welfare, especially of his native
town, and enjoyed the respect and esteem of his
townsmen. A Democrat in political principle, he
was elected selectman and served with fidelity, thus
justifying the support of his political opponents.
Both he and his wife were faithful members of the
Congregational Church. He was married June 28,
1S55, to Lucretia Reed, who was then seventeen years
old, and died in 1865. She was a daughter of Luther
W. and Martha (Kittredge) Read. The last named
was born January 16, 1817, a daughter of Eri and
Lucretia (Woods) Kittredge, the former of whom
was born October 27, 1794, in Reading, Massachu-
setts, and was married October 27, 1816, to Miss

(VIII) David Read, only son of David T. and
Lucretia (Reed) Jones, was born in Merrimack,
December 27, 1864. His studies in the public schools
were supplemented with a commercial course at a
business college in Manchester, which he completed
at the age of eighteen years, and he shortly after-
wards engaged in the grain trade at Merrimack,
operating a grist-mill and transacting a profitable
business for the succeeding eight years. He then
turned his attention to manufacturing, purchasing
in company with Henry W. McQuesten, a half in-
interest in a water-power privilege at the old Thomas
Parker stand, and for the past thirteen years has
devoted his energies chiefly to the production of
tables, the superior quality of which enables him to
find a ready market for their disposal. In addition
to his activities in behalf of the industrial interests
of Merrimack, he is prominently identified with
public affairs, having served as a town clerk for ten
years, and in 1905 he represented his district with,
marked ability in the lower branch of the state
legislature. Politically he supports the Democratic
party. He is a member of the Independent Order
of Odd Fellows, and formerly affiliated with the
local grange, Patrons of Husbandry. In his religious
belief he is a Congregationalist.

On December 4, 1884, Mr. Jones married Alice
E. Burgess, of Foster, Rhode Island, born August 4,-
1871 ; they have two children : Nellie E. and Bertha
M. Jones.

(VII) James Thornton, third son and child of
David and Dorothy (Tewksbury) Jones, was born
July 4, 1836, at Thornton's Ferry, and grew up in
the town of Merrimack, attending the common
schools and Colby Academy, David Crosby's school
at IMerrimack, and 'also Barnstable high school.
Young Jones worked his way through school by
his own labors, and at nineteen began teaching. In
April, i860, he went to California, where he was en-
gaged in teaching for more than fifteen years, and
again returned to Merrimack, where he taught two
winters in the district schools. He was appointed
station agent at Merrimack, December 5, 1881, and
was also a representative of the express company
and postmaster. He held the last named position
continuously for twenty-six years, but some time
since resigned the position of station agent. Both
he and his wife were members of the Baptist Church,
their membership having been formed in Hudson,
which organization they joined in its early day,
and now are with the Crown Hill Church of Nashua.
Mr. Jones is a member of Thornton Grange and of
the Golden Cross, a benefit order. He has always
been a steadfast supporter of Republican principles,
but his only official position outside that of the



government service has been that of justice of the
peace, which he has held continuously for the last
twelve years. He is a highly cultivated and intelli-
gent gentleman. Long years of reading and study
have made him a most pleasant and agreeable con-
versationalist. He was married, May 5, 1864, to
Martha Frances Marsh, who was born April 20,
1836, in Hudson, New Hampshire, and died Febru-
ary 5, 1906, in Merrimack. She was a daughter of
Deacon Enoch S. and Martha (Whittier) Marsh,
natives respectively of Hudson and Londonderry^
(See Marsh.) Mr. and Mrs. Jones had two sons
born in California, namely, James Ernest and Leslie
Egbert. The former is station agent for the Boston
and Elaine railroad at Tufts College, and the latter
is traveling agent and manager of Smith Premier
Typewriter Co., and resides at Bangor. Maine.
Both have received liberal educations. A daughter,
Grace Marsh, born in jNIerrimack, is the wife of
Louis Hoffman, and resides with her parents at
Merrimack. She is the mother of two children :
Margaret Frances, born March 31, 1900, and Mau-
rice Leslie, March i, 1902.

(Fifth Family.)
The origin of this family in New
JONES Hampshire, like many others of the first
in what is now Rockingham county, is
lost in uncertainty, partly through the destruction
of early records upon the accession of Massa-
chusetts authority in this region. It is not certain
that this family is distinct from the jNIassachusetts
farnily elsewhere treated in this work.

(I) William Jones was a resident of Cambridge,
Massachusetts, in 1635, and sold out his lands there
in 1638. He appears at Portsmouth in 1644, and was
at Bloody Point (Dover) in 1644. He is not found
in the records of that town after 1648.

(H) Stephen, supposed to have been a son of
William Jones, subscribed to the oath of allegiance
at Dover in 1665, and was an accepted inhabitant in
1666. He took the freeman's oath May 15, 1672,
and was made ensign in 1691. In 1694 he was in
command of a garrison at his house, and he was
continuously representative at the general court from
1709 to 1715, inclusive. He was taxed at Oyster river
from 1709 to 1715, inclusive. He was at Oyster River
in 1675, and was among the petitioners for making
that a separate town in 1669 and 1695. In 1665 he
was paid twenty-five pounds for keeping a pauper
woman and child, and in 1669 the town meeting made
arrangements to compensate him for work already
done in building a meeting house. In 1696 he was
selectman. He was married, January 29, 1663, to
Elizabeth Field. The Stephen Jones figuring later
in the town must have been his son. (Joseph Jones,
who is m.entioned with descendants in this article,
was probably a son of Stephen (i).

(III) Stephen (2), undoubtedly a son of Stephen
(i) and Elizabeth (Field) Jones, was a selectman
in 1724 in Dover, and captain in 1729. No record of
his family can be found, except in the parentage of
a son. He resided in that part of Dover which be-
came the town of Durham, and was among the
petitioners for its separation.

(IV) Major Stephen (3), son of Stephen (2)
Jones, was born March 3, 1706, in Durham, and was
a citizen of that town. He was married about 1762
to Susannah Millet, who was born March 22, 1740,
a daughter of Thomas Millet, her mother being a
Bunker. The children were : Stephen jMillet, Wil-
liam, Susannah, Abigail and Thomas.

(V) William, second son and child of Stephen
(3) and Susannah (Millet) Jones, was born May

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22, 1766, in Durham, and settled in New Durham,
New Hampshire, where he was accidentally killed
v.'hile hauling logs. He married Love Smith alaout
1792, and their children were: John, Sally, Susan-
nah. Stephen, Ebenezer, Lydia S. and Lewis.

(VI) Lewis, son of William and Love (Smith)
Jones, was born in New Durham, 1812, and died
February 14, 1887, aged seventy-three years. He
moved to Alton while a young man, and was a
farmer. In his old age, about' 1869, he moved to
Farmington, where he died eighteen years later.
He married, 1834, Betsey Edgerly, who was born
m 1809, and died 1897. aged 88, daughter of Jere-
miah and Betsey (Layton) Edgerly. They had
eight children: Lewis F., who is mentioned below;
Lucy J., Fannie B., who married Charles Hanson;
Sarah, wife of Almon Leavitt; Charles W., of
Washington; Oscar E., of New Haven, Connecti-
cut; Clara A., who married Frank Gilson, and a
child which died j-oung.

(VII) Lewis Freeman, eldest child of Lewis
and Betsey (Edgerly) Jones, was born in New
Durham, September 9, 1839. At eighteen years of
age he began work at the shoemaker's trade, and
continued in that industry until August 22, 1862,
when he enlisted as a private in Company A,
Twelfth New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry, from
the town of Alton, and was mustered in August
30, 1862. He was on that part of the battlefield
of Gettysburg called the Peach Orchard, July 2,
1863, and was severely wounded, losing his left
arm, and was discharged on account of wounds
November 9, 1863. After his discharge from the
military service he peddled about fifteen years, was
engineer in charge of a stationary engine three
years and kept a saloon in Farmington two years.
He is a member of Carlton Post, No. 24, Grand
Army of the Republic, and was a delegate to the
National Encampment at Indianapolis in 1906. He
married (first), Augusta Taylor, daughter of Rev.
Chase Taylor, of Abington, Massachusetts. They
had three children born to them : Ada E., who
married Orrin N. Blaisdell; Annie, who married
Lewis Gould; and Frank J., who died young. He
married (second), Georgia A. Lawrence, of
Nashua. Three children were born of this mar-
riage: Ethel Blanche, who married (first) John
Driscoll, and had one child, Gladys Jones, and
(second), Harry Wentworth; George F., who re-
sides in Somersworth, a veteran of the Spanish-
American war; and Alice Maud, wife of Leland J.
Smith, of Rochester.

(III) Joseph Jones was undoubtedly a son of
Stephen (i), born probably before 1680, and died
before January 30, 1744, at which time the inven-
tory of his estate was made. This amounted to
four thousand four hundred and fifty-six pounds,
four shillings and six pence. His estate was di-
vided in 1746, the beneficiaries being his widow
Ann. his sons Joseph, Benjamin, John, Anthony,
Richard, and a daughter of a deceased son Sam-

(IV) Benjamin, second son of Joseph and Ann
Jones, was born soon after 1700, in Durham, and
probably settled in Lee, New Hampshire. His wife,
Hannah Chesley, was born in 1751, in Durham, and
they were married about 1767-8. He settled in Can-
terbury about 1773-4, and this may have been a sec-
ond marriage. His children were: Benjamin (died
young), Rosa, Elizabeth, Daniel, Henry and Ben-

(V) Daniel, second son and fourth child of Ben-
jamin and Hannah (Chesley) Jones, was born in



1776, in Canterbury, in which town he passed the
most of his life, engaged in farming on Jones Hill.
He died in 1832, in Dorchester, Massachusetts,
whither he had removed but a short time before.
He was married in Loudon, New Hampshire, Oc-
tober 4, 1803. by Rev. Jedediah Tucker, to Sophia,
daughter of Henry and Janet (McCurdy) Parkin-
son, of Canterbury. (See Parkinson H). Their
children were: Abigail, Lucinda, George S., a
daughter who died in infancy, and Charles, the sub-
ject of the succeeding paragraph.

(VI) Charles, youngest child of Daniel and
Sophia (Parkinson) Jones, was born on the home-
stead, in Canterbury, August 22, 1817, and died May
14, 1879. His father and his family moved to Dor-
chester in 1823. After string there a year Charles
made his home with James Peverley, of Canter-

• bury, until he was sixteen years old, working on
his farm and attending school. At sixteen Charles
went to Quincy, Massachusetts, where he learned
stone-cutting, and worked at that trade twelve
years. He then bought what was known as the
Brown farm in Canterbury, a very stony place with
poor buildings. He improved the farm very much,
reconstructed the buildings, and planted a large
orchard. Until that time orchards in that vicinity
had produced only natural fruit, but he grafted his
trees, and raised a superior quality of apples. In
politics he was a Democrat. He married, Septem-
ber 9, 1846, Sarah Pickard, wdio was born in Can-
terbury, May 24, 1826, and died July 18, 1886, aged
sixty years. She was the daughter of Daniel and
Susan (Harvey) Pickard. Their children were:
Frank P.. deceased ; Emily J. ; Ellen, deceased ; Edea
F., deceased: Paul H., Charles F., Seth W., and
Mary S. Emily J. married Charles E. Morrill. Mary
S. married John French.

(VII) Charles F., sixth child and third son of
Charles and Sarah (Pickard) Jones, was born in
Canterbury, September 4, 1858. After leaving the
district school he attended Tilton Academy two
terms. When about twenty he and his brother, Paul
H., took charge of his father's farm and carried it
on two years. He subsequently worked in West
Acton and Hamilton, Massachusetts, about six
months. In 1883 he bought his present place in the
northern part of the town of Canterbury, known as
the Foster farm, which he carried on until 1891,
when he rented it, and went to Green Carbon
county, Wyoming, where he had charge of a sheep
ranch, until 1896, when he returned to his home-
stead, which he has since cultivated. He is en-
gaged in dairying and stock raising, and has a
large sugar grove. All the buildings on the farm
above mentioned were destroyed by fire between
one and two a. m., Friday, November 2, 1906, and
Mr. Jones and family now reside on the old Brown
farm, which his father purchased and of which
mention is made in this sketch. He is an influ-
ential citizen, a liberal supporter of churches and
schools, and has been chairman of the school board
and was elected selectman in 1892, and served one
year. He married, August 6, 1893. at Saratoga,
Carbon county, Wyoming, Mary Emma Rubers-
dorf, who was born in Germany, a daughter of
John Rubersdorf, of Germany. They have three
children: John Paul, born August 18, 1894;
Thomas Rubersdorf, born November 2, 1895;
Charles Carroll, born June 21, 1897.

The ancestry of Frank P. Jones, as far
JONES as known, begins with Joshua Jones,
who was a blacksmith, residing at Salis-
bury Centre, New Hampshire. His wife was Bet-

sey Waldron, and they were the parents of twelve
children. Of these Isaac resides at Danbury, New
Hampshire, William, the second, died at Nashua,
this state. Ephraim, the third, is a citizen of Am-
herst, New Hampshire. Archibald, the fourth, re-
ceives further mention below. Hiram was killed by
a sawmill accident in North Chelmsford, jNlassa-
chusetts. Joshua was killed in Salisbury, New
Hampshire, while a young man. Dalinda, married
Schuyler C. Corey, and died in Craftsbury, Ver-
mont. Betsey was the wife of James Coburn, and
died in North Chelmsford. Others died in infancy.

Archibald, son of Joshua and Betsey (Waldron)
Jones, was born January 29, 1821, in Salisbury, New
Hampshire, and died March 3, 1901, in Alerrimack,
being over eighty years of age. He grew up and
passed most of his life in the town of Salisbury.
He was a shoemaker and butcher, and could turn
his hand to many kinds of labor, and was active
almost to the day of his death. His wife was a
member of the Baptist Church in Salisbury, and later
of the First Baptist Church of Concord. He
was a member of the Methodist Church at Salis-
bury, and was a steadfast adherent of the Demo-
cratic party in political affairs. He was married in
August, 1846, to Eunice Carr Roby, daughter of
Ezekiel and Naomi (Carr) Roby, natives respect-
ively of Warner and Antrim, New Hampshire. The
children of Archibald and Eunice C. (Roby) Jones,
are noted as follows : Alzira Ann is the widow of
John Gordon Sanborn, of Sanbornton, a soldier of
the Civil war who died in 1874. She resides in
Concord. Frank Pierce is the subject of the follow-
ing paragraph. Kate Maria is the wife of Daniel
McQuesten, and resides in Litchfield, New Hamp-
shire. Isaac Gerrish is a cabinet maker, employed
and living in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. Bessie Mir-
anda is the wife of Louis G. Bryant, residing in Man-
chester. George Archibald is also a resident of
Manchester. Edwin Freeman resides in Merrimack,
and Fannie Grace is the wife of Leonard J. Gordon,
with home in Concord, this state.

Frank Pierce Jones, son of Archibald and Eunice
(Roby) Jones, was born in Salisbury, New Hamp-
shire, March 27, 1847, and educated in the common
schools. At the age of seventeen he went to Con-
cord, New Hampshire, and in the two following
years learned the trade of cabinet maker. From Con-
cord he removed to Merrimack where he now lives.
He carried on the business incident to his trade
until about 1895. He has been attentive to business,
and has taken much interest in local public affairs and
has filled public offices for many years. For thirteen
years he was tax collector. He has always been a
consistent member of the Republican party. In
1875 he joined the Independent Order of Odd Fel-
lows, Mechanics Lodge, No. 13, of Manchester. He
has been a member of Thornton Grange, No. 31,
Patrons of Husbandry, for an equal length of time.
He is a member of the Congregational Church at
Merrimack. June 7, 1871, Frank P. Jones married
Louise Jones, daughter of David and Rosannah
(Tewksbury) Jones, born July 31, 1849. They have
no children.

This is one of the earliest Welsh names
JONES and is derived from John. By the addi-
tion of the possessive form it becomes
Johns and in time Jones and is equivalent to John's
son. This is one of the three great family names
among English speaking people, and has numbered
among its bearers many persons of distinction in the
various walks of life.

(I) Joseph Jones was born March 4, 1774, in

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Bow, and resided for many years in his native town.
When well advanced in life he removed to London-
derry, where he died. He was a mason by trade
but was most of his life a farmer. He suffered the
loss of one of his legs through a fall from a load
of hay and was thus largely handicapped in the
struggle for existence. He reared a large family
who grew up to be respectable citizens and he is
said to have been a fine looking man. He was mar-
ried, September 15, 1796, in Concord, to Sarah
Clough, who died June 26, 1827, in Bow. His
second wife was a widow, whose name was Wil-
kins, at the time of her marriage to him. He had
eight children, of whom seven grew to maturity.
The eldest, Shubael Tenney, lived and died at
Amoskeag, New Hampshire. Philip receives ex-
tended mention in the succeeding paragraph. _ Seth
Kendrick died at Concord. Ann was the wife of
Dr. Daniel Flagg, who died at Albany, New York.
Joseph died at Amoskeag. Walter Bryant lived and
died at Hooksett. Sarah married a Griffin and died
in Albany. All of the sons were masons by trade
and earned by working at it sufficient to establish
themselves in business and were prosperous. ,

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